II Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. św Jadwigi Królowej w Nowym Targu - Nowy Targ
It is belived that a decent book should be thought-provoking and leave a lasting impression. The novel ‘‘Muck”written by Wojciech Kuczok boldly indicates a problem of domestic violece. Moreover the background of the story unscrupulously reflects the life of the Polish working class In Silesia In ‘70s and ‘80s.
The novel is divided into three parts. The first one, called „Then”, talks about war time and a collapse of the K’s house. The following part is written from a perspective of a child- son of the Old K. The commanding father doesn’t want his son to be a „weakling”, that’s why he uses terrible educational methods. Beaten even for the slight faults, the boy grows up with the escalating hate for his father. Although the family life is fulled with argumets and cruelty, there are also signs of love and care. The author portrays the brutal story where the fascinatig psycholoical aspects mingle with moving digressions.
The ending indicates the fate of the family after boy’s moving out. Old parents get lost in their addictions, uncle and aunt cut themselves off the word. The final conclusion has a symbolical meaning- the house collapsed, coverd by muck and the only one person left alive. Can You guess who? The book won a Polish Literary Nike Adward In 2004.